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    http://www.kxxv.com/story/25452352/w...olved-shooting

    93-year-old woman dies from officer involved shooting in Hearne
    Posted: May 07, 2014 9:15 AM CST
    By Eric Pointer - email

    HEARNE - A 93-year-old woman was pronounced dead at a Bryan hospital after being shot during an officer involved shooting Tuesday night in Hearne.

    Hearne officers were called out to the 1400 block of Pin Oak St. about 6:30 p.m., after receiving a 911 call about a disturbance involving a woman with a gun.

    According to the Robertson County District Attorney's Office, officer Stephen Stem asked 93-year-old Pearly Golden to put her gun down, and then ultimately shot her. Golden was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan where she was pronounced dead.

    Many members of the community described Pearly Golden, or Miss Sully as she was called, as a kind and sweet lady. A former city council member who knew Golden, says this happens too often.

    "Under this existing chief, we have had too many incidents," said Michael Washington. "We can't solve murders, but we can create them. And they are coming from our police department. I really have a problem with that."

    According to the Hearne Police Department, officer Stephen Stem has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is normal procedure for an officer involved shooting. Officer Stem was also involved in a shooting back in December 2012, that killed a 28-year-old man who was described as mentally handicapped. He was no billed by a grand jury.

    The Texas Rangers, Hearne Investigators, and Robertson County District Attorney's Office are investigating the incident.
    http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/E...258231451.html

    HEARNE (May 6, 2014) Pearlie Golden, 93, who died at an area hospital after a Hearne police officer shot her repeatedly, was armed when the officer arrived at her home in response to a report that a woman was waving a gun around, the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

    Golden died Tuesday night in St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan after the officer shot her at least five times, according to multiple witnesses.

    According to the sheriff’s office statement, officers responded to a 911 call Tuesday evening about a woman waving a gun around, outside a home on Pin Oak Street.

    When Officer Stephen Stem arrived, he asked Golden to “put down the weapon and then ultimately fir(ed) his own sidearm, wounding Miss Golden,” the statement said.

    Friends of the woman’s family told KBTX-TV in Bryan that a nephew was trying to take away Golden’s car keys Tuesday after she failed a driver’s test and that he called 911 after she grabbed the gun.

    Stem was on paid administrative leave Wednesday as Texas Rangers, Hearne police and the Robertson County District Attorney's Office investigated.

    The case will eventually be presented to a grand jury.

    “While it is too early in the investigation to comment on any of the facts or evidence stated above, I can say that this was a very tragic occurrence,” District Attorney Coty Siegert said.

    “My prayers go out to the family members of Miss Golden and to the Hearne community as a whole.”

    This is the second time Stem has been involved in a deadly shooting.

    He joined the Hearne Police Department on July 22, 2012 and less than six months later, he shot and killed Tederalle Satchell., who police say was firing a gun from a car in the Columbus Village Apartments parking lot.

    A Robertson County grand jury declined to indict Stem, clearing him of any wrongdoing.

    Before moving to Hearne, Stem spent a year with the Lott Police Department and nearly three years with the Bryan Police Department.

    Residents questioned why police would shoot Golden, whom they described as a sweet, sweet woman known in the neighborhood as Ms. Sully.

    “Even if she did have a gun, she is in her 90’s,” said Lawanda Cooke.

    “They could have shot in the air to scare her. Maybe she would have dropped it. I don’t see her shooting anyone."


    Residents were organizing a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Wednesday in front of Golden’s home.
    Don't read the comments, just warning you now. I post this mainly because of the comments in the second article. Apparently a gun in the hands of a 93 year old is less deadly...
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    Warning shots are against SOP.
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    • #3
      And the protests have started and the investigation is not even complete.

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      • #4
        How old would you like the person to shoot you be?

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        • #5
          Yep. Apparently the new black panther party has planned a protest at the officer's house.

          If you want to know what old people and guns can do, look up the Trooper Randy Vetter shooting. Guns are no less deadly in the hands of an old person.

          Mayor said he recommends the officer be fired, that ****es me off.
          "To hell with a supervisor, men follow a leader" -Texas Ranger Captain Allee

          "Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death."
          -Sun Tzu

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          • #6
            Originally posted by BaylorBearSW View Post
            Yep. Apparently the new black panther party has planned a protest at the officer's house.

            If you want to know what old people and guns can do, look up the Trooper Randy Vetter shooting. Guns are no less deadly in the hands of an old person.

            Mayor said he recommends the officer be fired, that ****es me off.
            Mayor up for re-election this year?
            Getting shot hurts! Don't under estimate the power of live ammo. A .22LR can kill you! I personally feel that it's best to avoid being shot by any caliber. Your vest may stop the bullet, but you'll still get a nice bruise or other injury to remember the experience.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BaylorBearSW View Post
              Yep. Apparently the new black panther party has planned a protest at the officer's house.

              If you want to know what old people and guns can do, look up the Trooper Randy Vetter shooting. Guns are no less deadly in the hands of an old person.

              Mayor said he recommends the officer be fired, that ****es me off.
              Well said!!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ChiTownDet View Post
                How old would you like the person to shoot you be?
                Ask admin "Well chief at what age am I not allowed to use my firearm in a deadly force situation".

                I guarantee admin will accuse you of playing games and threaten to suspend you over the question. Then they wont answer it and leave you confused.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BaylorBearSW View Post
                  Don't read the comments, just warning you now.
                  you warned me, still scanned through them though... i should have listened.

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                  • #10
                    Looks like he was fired, before the investigation was even completed.
                    I yell "PIKACHU" before I tase someone.

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                    • #11
                      Times like this is when you know what kind of agency you work for! The chief needs to stand behind his men when they need him the most! Police work isn't always pretty and our #1 job is to make sure we all go home without any holes God's didn't give us!
                      Strong Body, Sharp Mind And Good Tactics!

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                      • #12
                        The officers of Hearne all need to quit en mass. Let the Mayor and Council answer the calls for service.

                        The citizens of Hearne deserve every criminal they get.
                        Ut humiliter opinor

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                        • #13
                          I hope he files a lawsuit and gets a huge settlement.

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                          • #14
                            No doubt he will. This is prepostorous. Miss Sully or whatever she goes by fired at least two shots AFTER the officer ordered her to drop the gun. From everything being said (by the old lady's nephew none the less) this shoot is totally justified.
                            This firing says a lot about the people who run the city. Do your job and they will hang you out to dry rather than stand behind their officers. Thank God the Rangers will run the investigation.
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                            • #15
                              Apparently, in Texas, the public thinks there's a wrong way, and a right way, to shoot an old woman.

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